Tea Time as an Art
The University of Central Arkansas hosted a Japanese Tea Ceremony on Oct. 2, 2018. Japanese Outreach Coordinator Chiemi Shimiza and the UCA Japanese Club led the ceremony. The UCA Japanese Club aims to teach the history and culture of Japan through increasing global understanding and kindness between individuals.
The Japanese Tea Ceremony, called Chanoyu, or simply Ocha in Japanese, is a choreographed ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, known as Matcha. The process is not about drinking tea, rather about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Kindness, spirituality and peace are crucial to the ritual. Shimiza is a part of the Japan Outreach Initiative - a grassroots program that works to develop a deeper understanding of Japan by sending Japanese coordinators to conduct community outreach and cultural activities.